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Unpacking the Design Process

Unpacking the Design Process workshop has been developed with Level 3 vocational learners in mind (BTEC and UAL Diploma). It is also suited to Foundation (Level 3 to 4) learners or relevant A-Level subjects.

What to expect

This 2 hour workshop has been created to meet the needs of Level 3 and 4 vocational learners studying design related courses. The workshop provides an insight into a professional design process working across multidisciplinary platforms. Drawing on the Design Museums exhibitions and collections the students will unpack the process of design by understanding the brief, relevant research and analysis, problem solving, communication and evaluation.

Booking information

Fridays during term time only:
2 hours 10.30-12.30 and 13.30-15.30

Cost: £100 per session (up to 25 students)

Total Guided Learning Hours (GLH): minimum 4 hours including self-directed post-workshop activities

When making your booking you will automatically be allocated a self-directed visit to the Designer Maker User exhibition to complement your workshop times:

•For a 10:30-12:30 workshop, you will receive a 12:30-13:00 lunchroom slot and a 13:00-13:45 Designer Maker User session.

•For a 13.30-15.30 workshop, you will receive a 12.00-12.30 lunchroom slot and 12:30 -13:15 Designer Maker User session.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of your session.

Accompanying staff free at all learning events. Advance booking essential. Booking workshops at least 12 weeks in advance is recommended.

Tutors wishing to bring a Level 2 vocational group may wish to compare the offer provided to schools, Hands on Design workshops. They are encouraged to discuss their expectations and intended learning outcomes before booking an Unpacking the Design Process workshop, so that the content level may be differentiated as required.

important information

Tutor student ratio

We ask that one tutor is present for every ten students. Please note that failure to comply with this request may result in admission being refused.

Opening times

The Design Museum is open daily (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day) from 10:00 -18:00 – last entry 17:00.


The museum is fully accessible via wheelchair with lifts operating across all floors inside the premises. Unfortunately there is no parking provision on site for Blue Badge holders. However, please do consult the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea website for local parking bays.

Preliminary planning visit

It's strongly recommend that tutors come for a preliminary visit to familiarise themselves with the museum and surrounding area. Please familiarise yourself with the risk identification information.

the day of your visit

Getting here

The Design Museum has good public transport links via the underground, rail and bus. Due to limited space available in the local area for coaches, we recommend using public transport for your visit. Schools in the Greater London Area can apply for free transport when making visits to museums.

Arriving at the museum

Please enter the museum by the main entrance on Kensington High Street. The lead tutor should contact the admissions desk on arrival – please leave students with additional tutors in the Atrium.

Lunch and breaks

There is a common room onsite for students to have lunch. Please ensure the room is clean and all food waste in the bin before leaving.

Supervision and conduct

Tutors and accompanying adults are required to supervise students at all times while at the Design Museum. Please read the terms and conditions for guidance.


Please ask your students to keep their bags and coats with them at all times. Items are left entirely at the risk of the visitor. Bags left unattended will be treated as a security risk. Bags may be subject to searches from the Design Museum staff.

Get in touch

Get in touch

Please contact the Design Museum on +44 20 3862 5900 or the Bookings Office on +44 20 3862 5937 Monday to Friday (10:00 to 18:00). For enquiries outside of these hours, please submit an online enquiry.